"Film provides us with a strong voice that is both contemporary and traditional and is a powerful tool with which we can raise important issues," Rexford said. "Perhaps our stories can be compared to a flint rock, and filmmaking the act of striking it. A dialogue sparks from their union that has the potential to move our people forward in a way no other medium can."
According to Steven Alvarez, organizer of the festival and director of cultural education and strategic initiatives for the center, plenty of other lesser-known films deserve highlighting. He particularly noted the following:
• "Mystic Ball"
• "Hokule'a" or "Guiding Star"
• "Trail of Tears: Cherokee Legacy"
Not so in film scores, said composer Brent Michael Davids, whose score for the 1920 silent film, "Last of the Mohicans," will be featured at the third annual World Indigenous Film Festival Friday and Saturday at the Alaska Native Heritage Center.